A household is said to be in fuel poverty if it needs to spend more than 10 per cent of its income on energy costs.

What impacts fuel poverty?

The rate of fuel poverty in Northern Ireland is 42 per cent. There are three factors which impact on fuel poverty:

  • income
  • the cost of energy
  • the domestic energy efficiency of the home

The inter-departmental group on fuel poverty

The inter-departmental group on fuel poverty (IDGFP), chaired by the Minister with responsibility for Social Development was established as a means of ensuring effective co-ordination of policies and actions.  The group comprises senior officials from all the main departments that have a role in addressing poverty and income, the energy market and energy efficiency and health.

Related to Fuel poverty

Most recent publications

Access to information

How to request information from the Department for Communities including Freedom of Information (FOI) and the use of our Publication Scheme.

Most recent consultations

Back to top